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Re-Invention World Tour

The Re-invention World Tour was the sixth world concert tour by American singer-songwriter Madonna, visiting North America and Europe. It included dates in 20 cities, selling out 55 of 56 shows and attracting more than 900,000 fans. In the fall of 2004, Billboard Magazine awarded Madonna Backstage Pass Award in recognition of having the top grossing tour of the year, with ticket sales of nearly $125 million.

About the Tour

The tour was chronicled in I'm Going to Tell You a Secret, a two-hour documentary which included taped segments of the show, and backstage elements, including the auditioning of some of Madonna's dancers. A DVD, with a bonus CD of selected songs from the set, was released June 20, 2006.

The show was divided into five acts with different themes: French Renaissance/Marie Antionette revival, military/army, circus/cabaret, acoustic/religious and tribal/Scottish. "Nothing Really Matters" was meant to be part of the opening scene, following "Nobody Knows Me". The song itself was eventually scrapped, though elements of the intended choreography would eventually find its way into the show via "Nobody Knows Me". "Dress You Up", "Love Profusion" and "I'm So Stupid" were all part of the setlist. "I'm So Stupid " was cut for time constraints. Madonna had difficulty learning the guitar chords for "Dress You Up" so it was replaced with "Material Girl". An acoustic version of "Love Profusion" was meant to be interchanged with "Nothing Fails" during some of the European shows, but it never happened. "Swim" was replaced by "Frozen". Other songs that were considered were "Take a Bow" and "Live to Tell" but Madonna decided she didn't want to do that song again. . At least one song from every album Madonna released was in the setlist. Madonna's performance of John Lennon's classic pro-peace song "Imagine" was a surprise to many fans and critics. Asked why she chose to cover this song Madonna simply said: "I wanted to make a statement with the ultimate peace song."

Madonna did not play any Friday night gigs on this tour as the teaching of the Kabbalah forbids it. She also pledged to respect the Jewish practice of Shabbat by dining with her close family every Friday rather than working.

During the end-segment while performing "Papa Don't Preach" and "Crazy for You", Madonna wore black t-shirts with various "... do it better" lines (reminiscent of her 1986 "Papa Don't Preach" music video). The lines read on various shows:

  • Kabbalists Do It Better
  • Midwesterners Do It Better
  • Italians Do It Better
  • Brits Do It Better
  • Irish Do It Better
  • Brazilians Do It Better

For a few of her shows in the United States, she wore a t-shirt which read "Vote Or Die", addressing the then-upcoming U.S. presidential election.

The stage for the show had a huge structure with big screens that move around the stage, a number of elevators, a huge platform in V shape that was attached to the main stage in two songs, a conveyor belt, raising platforms and a revolving stage.

This tour is often considered the most accomplished and comprehensive of Madonna's career by both fans and critics. It was largely appreciated by fans for its large range of hits from the singers recent and classic catalogue. It was also praised by critics for an effective incorporation of religious symbolism and world events.

Setlist

  1. "The Beast Within" (Video Introduction) (contains elements from the exhibition X-STaTIC Pro=CeSS)
  2. "Vogue" (contains elements from the exhibition X-STaTIC Pro=CeSS)
  3. "Nobody Knows Me"
  4. "Frozen"
  5. "American Life"
  6. "Express Yourself"
  7. "Burning Up"
  8. "Material Girl"
  9. "Hollywood" (Remix) (Video Interlude)
  10. "Hanky Panky"
  11. "Deeper and Deeper"
  12. "Die Another Day"
  13. "Lament"
  14. "Bedtime Story" (Remix) (Video Interlude)
  15. "Nothing Fails"
  16. "Don't Tell Me"
  17. "Like a Prayer"
  18. "Mother and Father" (contains excerpts from "Intervention")
  19. "Imagine"
  20. "Into the Groove" (contains elements of "Susan Macleod")
  21. "Papa Don't Preach" (contains excerpts from "American Life")
  22. "Crazy for You"
  23. "Music"
  24. "Holiday"

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Tour dates

Date City Country Venue
North America
May 24 2004 Los Angeles United States The Forum
May 26 2004
May 27 2004
May 29 2004 Las Vegas United States MGM Grand Garden Arena
May 30 2004
June 2 2004 Anaheim United States Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim
June 3 2004
June 6 2004 San Jose United States HP Pavilion at San Jose
June 8 2004
June 9 2004
June 13 2004 Washington, D.C. United States MCI Center
June 14 2004
June 16 2004 New York City United States Madison Square Garden
June 17 2004
June 20 2004
June 21 2004
June 23 2004
June 24 2004
June 27 2004 Worcester United States Worcester's Centrum Centre
June 28 2004
June 30 2004
July 1 2004
July 4 2004 Philadelphia United States Wachovia Center
July 5 2004
July 7 2004 East Rutherford United States Continental Airlines Arena
July 8 2004
July 11 2004 Chicago United States United Center
July 12 2004
July 14 2004
July 15 2004
July 18 2004 Toronto Canada Air Canada Centre
July 19 2004
July 21 2004
July 24 2004 Atlanta United States Philips Arena
July 25 2004
July 28 2004 Fort Lauderdale United States Office Depot Center
July 29 2004
August 1 2004 Miami United States American Airlines Arena
August 2 2004
Europe
August 14 2004 Manchester United Kingdom Manchester Evening News Arena
August 15 2004
August 18 2004 London United Kingdom Earls Court
August 19 2004
August 22 2004 Wembley Arena
August 23 2004
August 25 2004
August 26 2004
August 29 2004 Dublin Ireland Slane Castle
September 1 2004 Paris France Palais omnisports de Paris-Bercy
September 2 2004
September 4 2004
September 5 2004
September 8 2004 Arnhem Netherlands Gelredome
September 9 2004
September 13 2004 Lisbon Portugal Pavilhão Atlântico
September 14 2004

Box Office Score Data

Venue City Tickets Sold / Available Gross Revenue
The Forum Los Angeles 43,158 / 43,158 (100%) $6,965,055
MGM Grand Garden Arena Las Vegas 28,341 / 28,341(100%) $7,005,548
Arrowhead Pond Anaheim 24,250 / 24,250 (100%) $4,164,450
HP Pavilion at San Jose San Jose 40,205 / 40,205 (100%) $5,543,715
MCI Center Washington, D.C. 26,788 / 26,788 (100%) $3,486,684
Madison Square Garden New York 88,625 / 88,625 (100%) $12,674,925
Worcester's Centrum Centre Worcester 46,075 / 46,075 (100%) $6,439,890
Wachovia Center Philadelphia 30,575 / 30,575 (100%) $4,134,478
Continental Arena East Rutherford 29,315 / 29,315 (100%) $4,437,345
United Center Chicago 59,591 / 59,591 (100%) $7,894,105
Air Canada Centre Toronto 52,160 / 52,160 (100%) $5,332,703
Philips Arena Atlanta 25,627 / 25,627 (100%) $3,450,874
Office Depot Center Fort Lauderdale 28,208 / 28,208 (100%) $3,834,522
American Airlines Arena Miami 30,580 / 30,580 (100%) $4,145,760
Manchester Evening News Arena Manchester 27,320 / 27,320 (100%) $5,136,114
Earls Court London 34,087 / 34,087 (100%) $6,356,207
Wembley Arena London 45,267 / 45,267 (100%) $9,809,717
Slane Castle Dublin 62,275 / 70,000 (90%) $6,575,339
Palais omnisports de Paris-Bercy Paris 68,000 / 68,000 (100%) $7,357,529
Gelredome Arnhem 73,300 / 73,300(100%) $6,759,661
Pavilhão Atlântico Lisbon 33,460 / 33,460 (100%) $3,286,166
TOTAL 896,787 / 904,512 (99%) $124,790,787

Additional Notes

  • 3 shows at the Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv were scrapped shortly before being put on sale due to safety concerns. Stops in Moscow and Helsinki were considered as replacements but never materialized due to time constraints.

Trivia

  • While the tour was being produced the chosen name was rumored as The Whore of Babylon Tour, but Madonna herself confirmed this rumor was not true. Other names considered were "Nobody Knows Me" and "Ground Zero".
  • On April 22, 2003, during the taping of MTV's "Madonna: Live & On The Record", it was suggested to Madonna to perform "Burning Up" on guitar to which she would later abide. This was confirmed by publicist Liz Rosenberg in ICON Fan Magazine Q&A and by Madonna herself at Borders NYC book signing for Lotsa de Casha in June 2005.
  • During the tour Elton John chided Madonna for lip-synching in her shows. “Since when has lip-synching been live?” he said. “Anyone who lip-syncs in public on-stage when you pay 75 pounds (US $134) to see them should be shot. That’s me off her ...Christmas card list,” he added. “But do I give a toss? No.” Madonna’s publicist, Liz Rosenberg, rejected John’s allegations. “Madonna does not lip-sync nor does she spend her time trashing other artists,” Rosenberg said in a statement. “She sang every note of her Re-Invention tour live and is not ashamed that she was well paid for her hard work. Elton John remains on her Christmas card list whether he is nice...or naughty,” she said. Mike McKnight who is the technology director of the tour, commented "She sings, and we go through all kinds of very complicated sound effects units to pull off the vocal sound she wants live. Believe me, it would be a lot easier if she’d just lip synch, but she will not do it."
  • In August, Arthur Fogel announced TNA was considering adding a 2nd leg to the Re-Invention Tour in North America in November & December with proposed stops in Dallas, Denver, Seattle, Vancouver, Phoenix, Fresno, Columbus, and Montreal. Madonna ultimately decided against this as she would be away from her children for the duration of the tour extension. Instead she began recording her next studio album, "Confessions On A Dance Floor", and editing her tour documentary. Several of the proposed cities would show up on the Confessions Tour itinerary.

Broadcasts and Recordings

The show was expected to broadcast on CBS. The show was taped on the final night in Lisbon. The special event was eventually scrapped, mostly because of Madonna's demands of having commercial free time and over two hours of footage.

It was announced at the end of 2004 that a DVD release entitled Get Up Lisbon! - The Re-Invention World Tour Live would be released later in 2005, with some record sites even listing it. The DVD never materialized and was eventually scrapped due to the documentary I'm Going To Tell You A Secret being released. Due to contractual agreements Madonna and Warner Bros. were unable to release the live DVD, instead a DVD+CD containing the documentary and a live album of highlights from the show was released in May 2006 (two years after the start of the tour), with concert footage taken from a Paris, France date, with the songs heavily edited. Since the 2004 announcement there has been continued rumors surfacing about a DVD release of the show.

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